This recipe was a game-changer for me. Picture this: mouthwatering cheeseburgers with juicy patties and perfectly melted cheese, all made in the comfort of your oven. Yes, you read that right! Oven Baked Cheeseburgers are about to become your new go-to method for burger perfection. Get ready to sink your teeth into the juiciest, most delicious burgers you’ve ever tasted!
When it comes to burgers, we all have our favorite methods of cooking. Grilling gives that smoky, charred flavor, while stovetop cooking provides quick results. But let me tell you, baking your cheeseburgers in the oven takes things to a whole new level. It’s a technique that guarantees juiciest burgers with a delightful caramelized exterior, and it’s incredibly simple to achieve.
Not only are oven-baked cheeseburgers incredibly delicious, but they also offer a hassle-free cooking experience. No need to worry about flare-ups or constant monitoring like you would with a grill. Instead, you can sit back and relax (or get some housework done) while your burgers bake to perfection.
Why You’ll Love Oven-Baked Burgers
- You’ll get a juicy burger every single time.
- Less mess and cleanup compared to stovetop cooking.
- No need to stand over a hot grill, letting you relax while they bake.
- Perfectly melted cheese that coats every inch of your delicious patty.
- Add your favorite toppings to your homemade burger for the ultimate experience.
- Best way to make burgers when you’re short on time (perfect for busy weeknights!).
- Perfect for people who prefer quick meals that the whole family can eat.
- Made with simple ingredients.
- Easy recipe for game day celebrations.
- Lean ground beef
- Dijon mustard
- Worcestershire sauce
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Cheese slices – Use your favorite cheese. I like cheddar or a slice of American cheese.
- Hamburger buns
How to Make Cheeseburgers in the Oven
- Step One: Preheat your oven to 375℉. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet.
- Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix everything together with clean hands.
- Step Three: For the beef mixture into 4 equal-sized hamburger patties. The patties will shrink and thicken while cooking, so make them thin if you don’t like a super thick patty.
- Step Four: Place the beef patties on the cooling rack and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the burgers are cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160℉.
- Step Five: In the last few minutes of baking, add a slice of cheese on top of each burger.
- Step Six: Serve the burgers on buns with your favorite toppings and condiments.
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- Baking sheet: Choose a sturdy baking sheet or cookie sheet.
- Wire rack: A wire rack elevates the burgers, allowing for better air circulation and a crispier exterior.
- Large bowl: For combining and seasoning the ground beef.
- Meat thermometer: Essential for ensuring your burgers reach the perfect level of doneness. I like an instant-read thermometer.
What to Serve with Oven-Baked Cheeseburgers
No burger is complete without some tasty sides. Here are a few ideas to take your meal to the next level:
- Crispy fries: Whether it’s classic French fries or sweet potato fries, they’re the perfect match. You could even serve with potato chips. Try out Air Fryer Frozen Fries.
- Onion rings: Add some crunch and flavor with a side of crispy onion rings.
- Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw pairs beautifully with the rich and savory burgers. Try this Chipotle Coleslaw.
- Grilled vegetables: Fire up the grill for some charred veggies like zucchini, bell peppers, or mushrooms.
- Pickles: Tangy, briny pickles add a delightful contrast to the flavors of the burger.
- Salad: For a lighter option, toss together a fresh salad with your favorite greens and veggies.
Variations and Substitutions
While a classic cheeseburger is a timeless favorite, don’t be afraid to get creative and switch things up.
- Gourmet Cheeseburgers: Experiment with different cheese varieties like blue cheese, feta, or pepper jack for an extra burst of flavor.
- Chicken or Turkey Burgers: Opt for ground chicken or turkey to create a leaner alternative that still packs a punch. You could also try ground pork or a combination of ground meats.
- Seasoning Variations: Customize the seasoning blend by adding herbs, spices, or a dash of hot sauce to elevate the flavors.
- Switch out the Buns: Serve on kaiser rolls or English muffins if you don’t have hamburger buns. I’ve even eaten them on slices of bread in a pinch!
- Make it Low Carb: A favorite way to enjoy a lower carb version is to skip the bun and eat with a fork and knife.
If you happen to have leftovers (although these burgers are so tasty, it’s rare!), here’s how to keep them fresh:
- Place any cooked cheeseburgers in an airtight container or wrap each burger patty individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How Should I Store Uncooked Patties?
To store uncooked hamburger patties, first wrap each individual patty in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
Can I Freeze Oven Baked Hamburgers?
Absolutely! Freezing your oven-baked hamburgers is a fantastic option for quick and satisfying meals at a later date. Here’s how to do it:
- Allow the cooked burgers to cool completely.
- Individually wrap each burger in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
- Label and date the package.
- Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat Sheet Pan Hamburgers Without Drying Them Out
To reheat your leftover cheeseburgers without sacrificing their juicy perfection, follow these simple steps:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Place the burgers on a baking sheet.
- Loosely cover them with foil to prevent excessive drying.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes until heated through.
- Remove the foil during the last few minutes to restore the crispy exterior.
- Use a meat thermometer: To achieve the perfect level of doneness, invest in a meat thermometer. It takes the guesswork out and guarantees juicy burgers.
- Season generously: Don’t skimp on the seasoning! Be generous with salt, pepper, and any additional herbs and spices to enhance the flavor.
- Let the patties rest: Allow the formed patties to rest for a few minutes before baking. This helps them hold their shape and retain their juiciness.
- Toast your buns: For added deliciousness, toast the hamburger buns. Simply place them in the oven for a few minutes until golden and slightly crispy.
- Experiment with toppings: Get creative with your toppings! From traditional favorites like lettuce, tomato, and pickles to unique options like caramelized onions or avocado, the choices are endless.
- Use the wire rack: Cooking the burgers on a wire cooling rack is highly recommended. The patties won’t be cooking in their own grease and instead, the grease will be caught on the baking pan below.
- Don’t overwork the hamburger meat: It’s important to mix the meat well, but not go crazy with it. Overworking the meat can result in tough, dry burgers.
- Wash your hands: For food safety, make sure your hands are clean before mixing the meat together. You could also use kitchen gloves.
- Make the patties big: The patties will shrink quite a bit while they are cooking so don’t be afraid to make the raw patty very thin.
The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing your favorite burger toppings!
- Steak sauce
- BBQ sauce
- Sriracha sauce
- Sliced avocado
- Fried egg
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Mayonnaise (try spicy mayo!)
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- Preheat your oven to 375℉. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix everything together with clean hands.
- For the beef mixture into 4 equal-sized patties. The patties will shrink and thicken while cooking, so make them thin if you don't like a super thick patty.
- Place the patties on the cooling rack and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the burgers are cooked to at least 160℉.
- In the last few minutes of baking, add a slice of cheese on top of each burger.
- Serve the burgers on buns with your favorite toppings and condiments.